Nicky Mudie, founder of Violet & George gives us her best interior design tips on everything from colour, textured wallpaper and creating a home…
With colour schemes for a home, natural tones and colours date more slowly, however bold accent colours can easily be changed so I recommend you accent your neutral palette with strong, bold colours. As in fashion, currently anything goes in interiors so choose colours you love and don’t hold back. A current interiors trend which is set to remain for a long time is for very dark colours from black, to navy to charcoal. Look to the catwalk for colour palettes that will move into interiors and also for reassurance of what remains on trend. 2015 sees pastels and metallics remaining hugely popular. Grey is set to continue its reign as the base palette of choice with accents of metallic, tangerine, blue, orange and red, all of which marry beautifully with grey.
2. Initial impressions
The hallway is the doorway to your home and it’s what people first see when they enter- so it’s arguably the most important room in the house. People often forget the hallway and prioritize other parts of their home. A hallway is a zone that has no specific function other than to pass through so make it fun! The hallway can become a work of art in itself with paintings and personal photos on the walls. You can really inject your personality into this area of the home. Ensure you have great, creative storage in the hallway so that it doesn’t just become a dumping ground. If you do need to store lots of items ensure everything has a place – lots of hooks on the wall and an area to put shoes, gloves and hats will ensure they are put away whether you have a cupboard for them or not.
Your bathroom serves two very different purposes – it should be designed for quiet reflection and restoring general wellbeing after a long, busy day and also invigorating before the day starts. Lighting ideally needs to be dimmable to create these 2 very different moods. It’s best to install several lighting options from bright and functional to dimmed lighting for long, relaxing soaks in the bathtub! The other key to a great bathroom is good storage. Ample space needs to be given for storage – you could overwhelm an otherwise peaceful environment with clutter and you want to be able to store your more private items out of the way.
I am a big fan of using textured, patterned and illustrated wallpaper to reflect a client’s personality in their home. Violet & George love to create homes that reflect the client’s personality and wallpaper is often a great starting point as there are so many amazing designs to choose from. A great tip is to play with bright, bold wallpaper in the smallest room of the house; the guest loo. From graffiti to wallpaper to mirrored tiles we like to create a space that will start a conversation when guests come to visit and as this room is so self-contained it can take the boldest of prints.
We love to reinvent and breathe a fresh lease of life into old furnishings at Violet & George. Finding ways to reinvent tired pieces of furniture so that they feel entirely new or finding a few new select pieces to mix with existing furniture can give a home a new lease of life. A bit of clever juxtaposition mixed with some re-upholstery and clever accessorising will reignite a client’s love for their home. If a sofa is looking tired is it time to change the scatter cushions and buy a throw? If a lamp is looking unloved, is it just time to buy a new lampshade?
6. Favourite local finds
I have lived in and around Notting Hill for 12 years now so know the area well and source from as many local suppliers as I can. Goslett on Latimer Road is best for sanitary ware; The Cloth Shop on Portobello Road is great for inexpensive linen and cotton fabrics in a huge range of delicious colours and prints as well as wool throws and linen napkins. Nu-Line in Westbourne Park Road will always have anything you need for your home from paint, to lighting to door handles and Chloe Alberry on Portobello Road is where we buy decorative handles. We also go to Farrow & Ball for paints and wallpaper, Fromental for wallpaper, Fired Earth for tiles and Tom Dixon at Portobello Dock for lighting, furniture and accessories.
6 November 2014